Water SensorsFebruary 22nd, 2019 by Meagan Noin
We have seen it before, an undetected leak in your home, garage or basement that causes massive amounts of damage and comes with an expensive repair. Damages can include moldy walls, warped floorboards and overall structural damage. Most homeowner’s greatest fear is a fire breaking out in their home, however it’s important to know that water is a more common cause of property damage. Whether it’s a failing water heater, a burst pipe, a broken supply line under your sink, a clogged toilet, or even a split hose connected to your washing machine, water damage is costly.
There is a simple solution to preventing this severe damage; a water sensor. These sensors can detect the presence of water, often by measuring the electrical conductivity of the water present and completing a circuit to send a signal. Gone are the days of checking the water meter and then calling the billing department or checking every square inch of your home to determine if and where the leak is. The smart technology in water sensor systems can help quickly alert homeowners of potential leaks and prevent the need for costly and time-consuming repairs. All homes and living spaces come with a smoke detector so why wouldn’t you also have water sensors?
These sensors are easy to install and even easier to control. In the past few years, the technology on the sensors has greatly improved. Originally, the more traditional water sensors would simply trigger a piercing alarm when water was detected, but you would obviously need to be home and within earshot to hear it. Nowadays, most water sensors have the ability to be remotely controlled from a smartphone application that will send out notifications to the users if there is a possible leak in your home, making it an ideal solution for vacation rentals and second homes as well. Some water sensor systems can be programmed to shut off the water to the house to prevent a small leak from becoming a large one. Additionally, some sensors even offer the capability of adding other users like family members, friends or neighbors that will receive notifications of a leak, so they can quickly prevent further damage if you are out of town. If you are a homeowner, landlord or renter, installing water sensors around your property is something to consider.
When deciding where these sensors should be placed, think about the areas that often have water damage including:
- Washing machines
- Refrigerators with ice makers and water dispensers
- Hot water heaters
- Furnaces connected to hot water systems
Think about it, smoke detectors are usually located in bedrooms and common areas of the home. Placing water sensors where water damage has the possibility of starting is practical.
If your home appliances malfunction, they can cause extensive water damage inside the home often without advanced warning. Performing regular maintenance and checking for rusty or damaged supply lines is the best ways to help prevent future water damage.
Prevention is the best time and money saver. Installing water sensors in your home can help you avoid costly and irreplaceable damage.